Disability Studies Minor

People with disabilities (intellectual disability,  physical disability, sensory disability, autism spectrum disorder etc.) are among the most under-represented and under-served populations in the United States today.

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies offers students a unique opportunity to develop a richer understanding of what it means to live with a disability in the context of contemporary American society. The minor is anchored by a foundation of courses in Psychology, English, Sociology, and Legal Studies, and has a number of electives from departments across the university. These courses allow students to see the links between disabilities and other diverse and marginalized groups (e.g., women, minorities) and to incorporate multiple perspectives (historical, political, economic, ethical). This minor might be of interest to students who are planning a career in education, human services, social work, non-profit organizations, engineering/assistive technology, nursing, health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and many other areas.


The Disability Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and consists of an interdisciplinary program of 18-24 credits of required and elective courses.

Required Course

PSYC.3630 Introduction to Disability Studies (SS)

Select at least three courses

ENGL.2580 Disability in Literature (AH)
LGST.2500 Disability and the Law: Legal Rights of People with Disabilities
PSYC.3620 Psychology of Developmental Disabilities
PSYC.4800 Integrative Fieldwork in Disabilities I
PSYC.4810 Integrative Fieldwork in Disabilities II
SOCI.2250 Sociology of Disability


Depending on how many core courses completed, choose electives to reach 18 credits in the minor.

ASAM.2120 Introduction to Asian American Studies
CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime
EXER.3150 Kinesiology (EP majors only)
PUBH.1021 Introduction to Public Health
POLI.2180 Introduction to Politics and Sports
POLI.3370 Civil Liberties Law and Politics
PSYC.2550 Community Psychology
PSYC.2720 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC.3350 Psychology and Women
PSYC.3610 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC.5610 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism
SOCI.2310 Sociology of the Family
SOCI.2340 Race and Ethnicity
SOCI.2400 Sociology of Gender
SOCI.4050 Feminist Methodologies


  1. Any of the core courses can be used as electives instead of core courses as long as the student has at least three of the core courses.  
  2. Students cannot use more than 9 credits in Psychology courses towards the minor. 
  3. Directed Study, Community Service Learning, and Independent Study courses may also be considered as electives in consultation with the coordinator of the minor. 

Students who seek further information are urged to consult with the Coordinator - Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D., Health and Social Sciences Building, Room 309.